ALL behavior (appropriate and maladaptive) boils down to 4 functions (though there is some interesting information rising about a potential 5th): escape, attention, access, and/or automatic reinforcement.
We do what we do because it works for us in some way and rarely do these functions stand alone! When you escape a non-preferred activity (crowded party, boring meeting, difficult demand session) you usually escape TO something that you actually want to do (oh hello access to preferred outdoor quiet outside the party, instagram scrolling on your phone during the meeting, fun toy on your own terms). We can use the functions of behavior to learn more about reinforcement and what might serve as a reinforcer for our kiddos! - 1 hour ago